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Microburst injures two at Warner

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Corine Johnson’s mobile home (above) on Warner Road at Remlik was ripped apart. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

Warner was hit by a microburst Saturday evening only minutes before a massive tornado ripped through Deltaville.

The first emergency storm call the sheriff’s dispatcher received that evening was that Corine Johnson’s mobile home on Warner Road near Pinetree was completely destroyed by the microburst, and that the mobile home of Bessie Bagby near the Johnson home also was flattened.

Debris from the two trailers was found 200 yards away. Both Johnson and Bagby were hospitalized. According to reports, the storm hurled Bagby from her home and she landed in a nearby field. She suffered a broken back and is in intensive care at Riverside Hospital in Newport News. Johnson’s injuries were not life-threatening.

In Water View, Ronnie Russell witnessed the funnel cloud that caused major damage to the top of a grain elevator at Corbin Hall Farm before it touched down in nearby woods. The wind tried to lift the pickup truck he was in, and golf ball-size hail followed the twister for a few seconds, he said.

Russell found debris and cushions that probably came from the Remilk or Warner area across LaGrange Creek.

Middlesex forester Ken Sterner estimated that 15 acres of mixed hardwoods and pines were damaged at Corbin Hall Farm.

The Warner storm also cut a path to Remlik Road and Remlik Hall Farm, but the most extensive damage was at Corbin Hall Farm, said Sterner.

posted 04.20.2011

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